Designer Kate Spade found dead in NY apartment

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Acclaimed designer Kate Spade was found in her NY home dead of an apparent suicide, according to multiple news sources.

Spade, 55, was found dead at 10:20am at her Park Avenue home after hanging herself, law enforcement sources told TMZ.

Officers said Spade left a note on the scene assuring her 13-year-old daughter, who was at school at the time, that it was not her fault, according to the AP.

Officials are not authorised to divulge any additional information as the investigation into her death continues.

"Her products were so filled with joy, colour and excitement - I really hope she knew how much love she brought to her customers".

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She was born in Kansas City in 1962 and went to Arizona State University where she met Andy Spade, who she eventually married and went into business with, forming the company Kate Spade New York in the early 1990s.

She walked away from the company a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million by the company then known as Liz Claiborne Inc. Last year, the company was bought by Coach for a reported $2.4 billion. She is survived by her aforementioned husband, Andy, and daughterFrances Beatrix Spade. While working there, she moved in with her husband-to-be, Andy Spade (brother of David Spade).

Kate Spade has died at 55. When I was coming up at Steve Madden, I looked up to Kate Spade and admired her work. Kate Spade handbags lined the shelves at Barneys and other high-fashion retailers.

In 2016 Spade launched Frances Valentine, a new brand focusing on high-end footwear, bags, and accessories.

Editor's note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.